Long Beach Symphony heads to new spaces for free concerts

Posted on: March 24, 2014

On March 23, musicians from California’s Long Beach Symphony Orchestra performed in the second of four free chamber-music programs this season in new locations throughout Long Beach, as part of the orchestra’s Sounds and Spaces program. The March 23 program at Temple Israel, focusing on Jewish life in Eastern Europe, featured David Schiff’s Divertimento for Violin for Violin, Clarinet, Cello, and Piano, drawn from his opera Gimpel the Fool, based on the Isaac Bashevis Singer short story. The LBSO’s February 23 program, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, featured music spotlighting the space’s newly rebuilt Austin organ. Two back-to-back performances on May 18 at Manazar Bamgoa Community Theater at MacArthur Park, near Cambodia Town will feature music jazz artist Paquito D’Rivera and Cambodian composer Chinary Ung, as well as several West African-themed works by local composer Derrick Spiva. The ensemble’s June 8 concert at the downtown Farmers & Merchants Bank location will feature string quartets by Haydn and Dvorák. The free concert series aims to reach a broad spectrum of audiences throughout the Long Beach area, especially families.

Posted March 24, 2014